The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro retails at $209, and trumps the popular $199 Wi-Fi security camera – the Nest Cam. The Samsung SmartCam films in full 1080p and because it offers a plethora of features, such as customizable motion-detection zones and the ability to schedule recordings, we, here at TrendingTechNow, consider that it’s worth looking into!
Samsung SmartCam HD Pro Review
– It’s super simple to set up
– It has customizable motion zones
– You can scheduled recordings
– Fabulous 1080p footage
– Top-notch night vision
– There are no programmable modes
– No cloud storage support for recorded video
– The mobile app is lackluster
Samsung SmartCam Price – $209
Samsung SmartCam Design
It’s designed to be elegant and somewhat blend in the background. With its minimal cylindrical design, the SmartCam HD Pro looks attractive and absolutely scrumptious.
It’s approximately the size of a hockey puck, with white plastic covering the device and fake chrome banding on the its edges. Surrounding the 1080p camera are infrared LEDs that help with night vision. The luminance sensor, which can be found just under the camera, makes night vision possible when ambient light levels are too low.
Going down, to the bottom of the Samsung Smart Camera, you’ll find the microSD card slot that can be used for storage – it can stock footage up to 64 gigs. It doesn’t come with a storage card, and you’ll have to purchase one separately.
Also, nearby, you’ll see the pair of speakers that can be used to teleport your voice from the mobile app to the room.
At the back of the security camera, the RJ-45 Ethernet port, the microphone and the power connectors reside.
The plastic stand on which the camera stays put can serve as a bracket that can be attached to a wall via screws or adhesive tape.
The wireless security camera is rather small, measuring 4.7 x 3.3 x 3.1 inches. Yet, it’s larger than the Nest Cam and Netgear Arlo, but smaller than the Piper NV.
How to Set Up the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro
As we’ve mentioned earlier, it’s incredibly simple to set up. Plug the camera into a power socket, download the free mobile app available on both iOS and Android, follow the instructions displayed on your screen, create an account and you’re done.
Of course, you need to connect the Samsung SmartCam to a wireless network, but that’s super easy to do thanks to its Wi-Fi Direct technology, which is specially designed to let wireless gadgets communicate with each other without having a wireless access point. Samsung’s home security camera detects the nearest network, and after you’ve provided a confirmation and introduced your credentials, it’s ready to work.
This setup didn’t take me more than a few minutes to complete – and that was from my smartphone.
Samsung SmartCam Features
Samsung’s home security camera will send you push notifications and if it detects a loud noise, or any kind of motion it will automatically begin recording video.
It can even be linked to your Google account so as to deliver alerts to your e-mail address as well as upload any motion-detected snapshots to your Google+ page. Rest assured, all of them will be tagged as private and only you will be able to see them.
How about if I have a pet? Won’t my little furry critter be a hub for alerts?
Well, yes and no. You can adjust the sensitivity of the camera’s audio and motion detection features in order to reduce the amount of alerts you receive when your puppy starts howling for no apparent reason.
You can even create a custom motion zone. This means that you choose certain areas in the camera’s line of sight that will absolutely trigger an alert. Just use your finger to draw a square on the live feed.
One great feature, which new parents will most definitely adore, is the addition of lullabies. Samsung has anticipated that there will be some people out there that will use the SmartCam as a baby monitor.
The lullabies – Over the Rainbow, Brahms Orgel and Brhams; can be played via the built-in speaker. Also, users can add custom audio clips too.
Sound quality isn’t exceptional, but proves to be more than decent.
Due to it’s ability to become a two-way intercom, you can talk with your children at home or, why not, even the burglar stealing your beloved PlayStation 4.
Via the built-in calendar tools in the Web console you can program it to record at specific hours of the day. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available in the mobile app.
Also unfortunately is that users can’t create separate security modes for when they’re on a holiday, stuck with a nasty cold at home or just out, for a jog. The Netgear Arlo and Piper NV offer such modes.
Even more disappointing is the lack of cloud storage support. Capturing 1080p on the rather small 64 gig microSD card will fill it up faster than you can say home invader.
All of the popular home security cams – see Piper NV, Belkin NetCam HD+, Nest Cam and the Netgear Arlo; offer some sort of cloud service.
Samsung SmartCam Performance
It can record video at 1080p, but the max resolution for mobile devices is set at 720p. And with a field of view of 128-degrees it trumps the aforementioned security cams.
Night vision is present, but it’s not exquisite. This isn’t to say that you won’t distinguish your pet from a burglar. The range of the night vision is set at 16 feet and everything else above it will look like a black, smashed, puddle of mystery.
Yet, daytime footage is superb. Colours are true and every little detail can be spotted on the video – par example, all of the dust on my vacuum or all of the scratches on my guitar.
Samsung SmartCam App
As we’ve mentioned earlier, the app is available for both Android and iOS. Unfortunately, there’s no Windows Phone version available at the moment, yet we hope there will be in the near future.
You need a device that can run Android 2.3.3 or newer, or iOS 5 or newer to be able to use the app.
To be frank, I don’t like the app that much. It’s clunky, and it feels poorly made, even though it doesn’t look like it is. It’s easy to use, but due to lag issues and other problems, such as not receiving my commands, it can get annoying real fast.
Samsung SmartCam Verdict
I love it, I simply do. Considering that it’s mostly retailing at discounted prices – it’s $155 now on Amazon, and it’s the record low price; I say go for it.
Footage is crystal-clear, and I have never seen it fail to start when I scheduled it, nor when loud noises where all around the house.
Yet, the lack of a cloud service is really a bummer and the app needs more features and some performance fixes.